Principal Millington Among Finalists For Peabody Position

The Swampscott High principal has been with the district since 2010.


Swampscott High School Principal Layne Millington is one of three finalists for the principal position at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

He and the other candidates will be interviewed in public by Peabody Superintendent Joe Mastrocola Jan. 28-30.

Principal Millington, formerly the assistant principal at Belmont High School, was hired by Swampscott Superintendent Lynne Celli and has anchored the school since July 2010.

We asked him for any thoughts he cared to share about his possible move to Peabody.

He said his experience with the students, faculty and parents at Swampscott High has been incredible.  

"Through their work, the school has grown immensely by every measure of achievement in an extraordinary way," he said.  "However, I am looking at my professional options for the sake of my family and to ensure my own professional growth."

Superintendent Celli said the principal and his team have done a phenomenal job at the high school. They have been supported by the district leadership team and by significant district resources in the wake of the school accreditation report in 2011.

The report was based on an earlier self study over nine months during the 2008-09 school year and noted improvements needed. They included greater community involvement and the way the budget was set. The report noted a need for consistent leadership since the school had been led by six different principals over nine years.

Superintendent Celli said any superintendent would prefer to have a consistent line-up of administrators but she wants her administrators to be happy and she will support them if they seek other opportunities.

She said some administrators seek different experiences to round out their professional experience.

She said she has worked in both suburban and urban districts and also sought out the vocational experience — all to assemble a balance of professional experiences.

If Principal Millington is successful and gets the Peabody job, she said, the district will seek an administrator to continue the district's progress just as it has at the Middle School and Stanley School where principals left for new jobs last year.

 The other two candidates for the Peabody adminsitratve post are:

  • Eric Buckley, assistant principal at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
  • John Dillon, assistant principal for education services at Minuteman Regional High School

The new Peabody principal will replace Ed Sapienza, who officially retired last school year but agreed to return for one more year until a permanent hire was made.

Mastrocola said that following the interviews, he will complete background and reference checks before selecting the principal.

That person will then be announced to the School Committee first and then to the community, which Mastrocola hopes to do by Feb. 27.

Jen G. January 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I'd have to disagree with you there. My interpretation of "professional growth" is bigger salary. Given the amount of change in administration, maybe you're right. But it seems to me that when Mr. Millington said he'd stay for the long haul, he meant he'd only stay until a better opportunity came along.
John B Goode January 28, 2013 at 03:30 AM
No-one ever comes into a job interview and says I'm outta here as soon as a better offer comes along. This is part of career advancement. If you want him to stay you sweeten his compensation. If he's not worth it. move on'
A+ Schools January 28, 2013 at 03:22 PM
So the latest in rumor is that the school committee is split. Some members have had personal issues with the superintendent and what her out. Apparently, some members what to run the schools themselves. I'd like to hear from all of them. Let's hope two new people are elected in April.
Anne Barrett January 30, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I suggest that those people who live in Swampscott and are disappointed to see Mr. Millington looking at different school systems, contact the school board members. The school board had (and may still have) the ability to keep him at SHS. They need to be reminded of Millington's positive influence on the high school.
Kevin Donaher January 30, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Just curious...exactly what positive changes have been made at the high school under Mr. Millinton's leadership? Is taking the job and proclaiming “I’m motivated to find a good fit where I can help people,” Millington said. “I’m here as long as they want me, until I die or retire. Hopefully I’ll retire.” and then moving on a few years later the kind of leadership the town bargained for and admires? I guess a better fit is Peabody where he will tell them the same thing.....until he finds a better fit.


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